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#29486 of 32725 Re: daily oddballs (what the heck) [michaell]
Jan 22, 2013 (10:18 pm)
what else am I supposed to do, go to bed?
I was watching legendary motorcars, and just stayed on into Graveyard Carz. yes, I am a junky.
#29487 of 32725 Re: New Job [sandman_6472]
Jan 22, 2013 (10:31 pm)
Wow! Sandman! New Job! Give us the details! Congrats!
#29488 of 32725 Re: lease expiring? [steve_]
Jan 23, 2013 (7:40 am)
Few is a pretty vague term. The lease is up on my BMW in September 2014. That's a few months;)
#29489 of 32725 Re: lease expiring? [nyccarguy]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jan 23, 2013 (7:46 am)
Ha, 8 months is forever around here. You can always do an early return.
#29490 of 32725 Re: are we spoiled? [kyfdx]
Jan 23, 2013 (7:55 am)
My first vehicle had no radio at all, no AC, no PS, no PB, no power anything at all. At least not when I bought it. Oh, and it had 32x12" tires, so you had to really put your back into steering it.
Jan 23, 2013 (8:08 am)
So, I know what they mean about "range anxiety" now. I drove the Leaf to work yesterday. After finally getting here, I was a bit concerned about the trip home. It showed I was on target for about 77 miles on the charge. It is 29 miles to work and the car was showing 48 left to travel. However, it was showing just half the battery capacity left (6 bars out of 12). Although, temps below 30 are supposedly the worst conditions for an electric car. Range is greatly reduced. And we are below 20 degrees this week in NJ in the morns. So its a harsh test.
I started the warmup like 20 mins before leaving the house with it plugged in and then drove the whole way with climate control off. Have warm socks to do this! I drove the speed limit, which I never do, and took all the backroads, which are half 50 mph and half 40 mph. Seems to me that getting up to speed at a good pace is better than creeping up to speed. I would see 2 to 3 miles disappear off the range when accelerating slowly, while rapid acceleration and then coasting would see 0 to 1 mile decrease.
Where I saw the biggest decrease was on the 50 mph road. The range just kept dropping quickly. When I left the house, it read 102 miles. By the time I had travelled 15 miles at 50 mph, it was down to 50 miles left. But that's where speed limits dropped to 25 to 40. So the rest of the way it stayed right around 50 until I got to work, and then dropped to 48 as I parked.
When I left work, it was reading 45. I now discovered the biggest problem driving it in the cold ... I couldn't pre-warm it and I couldn't use climate control and be confident I'd still make it home. This time, since it used so little in the lower-speed areas, I drove BELOW the speed limit in the 50 mph zone. This is SO HARD for me to do! Luckily, I had nobody behind me. It was a cold and long drive home, but I made it with 12 miles of range to spare. So could I have used the climate control for a little while? Maybe. Could I have driven the speed limit on the way home? Possibly. Could I have done both? Probably not. Will I drive it in 20 degree weather again? Hell no.
#29492 of 32725 Re: New Job [sandman_6472]
Jan 23, 2013 (8:36 am)
Is that the transporter job? Great! Tell us more.
To get paid to basically test drive new cars is indeed the dream job.
#29493 of 32725 Re: daily oddballs (what the heck) [stickguy]
Jan 23, 2013 (8:46 am)
Rare bird---so rare it flew the coop and got flagged.
72 MB---$4200 for a broke down bucket with a brake pump that has a "liking"? Sounds great.
911---he's not in a hurry to sell...but he oughta be. Are those old 911 worth that kind of money in THAT condition? Must have been driven in winter to rust like that.
Jan 23, 2013 (8:55 am)
"...a cold and long drive home..."
I have to put up with that kind of suffering on my $900 van but why you would do that on a new car that you paid money for is beyond me. Even my van will have heat if I run it long enough, especially if I whack the heater fan motor with a stick to get it off the dead spot.
Do you think of Al Gore to keep you warm?
#29495 of 32725 Re: daily oddballs (what the heck) [stickguy]
Jan 23, 2013 (9:01 am)
The fractured ESL ad copy for that old SL makes my head hurt. It's roughly a 10K car in nice condition, and you can't get there from here for 5K.
It does appear to be a very early car anyway, I wonder about the serial number - wouldn't add value, just curiosity.